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Jacob Hurst
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I design powder kegs.
I design powder kegs.

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Thomas Cole had all this shit on lockdown.
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bites lower lip. Unf!

I’ve also seen the cover mock-up and let me tell you... you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but damn.
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...flashing gold in the sunset of a dying land.
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If you'd like a Swordfish Islands Lizardman t-shirt they'll be available 'till February 8th over on Etsy.
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Index card sized character sheets for Into the Odd/ Silent Titans. +Dirk Detweiler Leichty
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Lack of Migration Path
I'm disappointed that +Google / +Blogger are not offering a migration path from Google+ Comments on Blogger back to the native Blogger Comments, especially after you encouraged blogs to start using the G+ integration too. I take some solace though in knowing that Blogger's own announcement blog will be affected too, though since Google seems to be moving their own communication to the platforms created by others (as witnessed by the +Google account suggesting people to follow them on Twitter and Medium instead), I wouldn't be surprised if Google ends up moving their own blogs to something like Medium, as several of Google's developer advocates / Googlers are already posting there.

Took you long enough...
What further disappoints me, is how you, Google/Blogger, have taken this long to actually inform the Blogger users of this. Seriously, your previous post on this blog is from May 2018🤔 you're not setting the best example of remaining active on your own blog. It should've been known already from August that Google+ Comments on Blogger would be affected as well, and yet you still decided to not even tell the Blogger users that their platform would be affected too. Instead, you silently ignored many requests for clarification from our users, and left broken links to Google+ related help documents in the Blogger settings interface, even though they were reported several times through various channels by me and other users.

Broken support links
Actually, those broken links are still there, for instance the Learn More link for Google+ Comments in the Blogger settings for Posts and Comments interface is still pointing to the broken link https://www.blogger.com/go/gpluscommentshelp What's worse perhaps is that you haven't even bothered yet to include a notice linking to this blog page, at the top of every setting page. The GDPR / cookies notice is still there, so why not add one about this too?
No, instead the interface even encourages blog owners to switch to Google+ Comments.

Missed opportunity
It's a shame Google didn't take this opportunity to offer Google+ users to directly import their Collections into Blogger. Such a missed opportunity that one has to wonder if Blogger perhaps is next on the cutting board... Or, perhaps every team within Google loathes being forced to integrate with Google+ in the past, and now resents them for it, and take it out on the loyal users?

#GooglePlusShutdown #Plexodus #Blogger

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An update on Google+ and Blogger
An update on Google+ and Blogger
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Paul Kirchner capturing the final days of G+.
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This is just fucking marvelous.
So my players snuck inside Svarku's Booze Vault by snorting crystal and passing through the Vault door. What loot is in there?? I had about a week to figure it out between sessions, and this is what I came up with:

I told the party, as they started to take sips from random bottles, that there were literally thousands of hyper-extravagant bottles in there. By reading some labels (in elvish) they realized it was probably mostly alcohol. But through using the spell "Detect Magic", the cleric swiftly identified any bottles with magical effects (if imbibed by a mere material-plane-person). A feat that, without the spell, would've taken many many drunken hours to complete. And clearly there had to be some magical drinks there!

I then presented them with a whole bunch of printed cutouts of fancy bottles (and a few items). See the attached PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/162pVHavTeY9MhYN0vKX74YZm4RB4zKSI/view?usp=sharing

I had cut out all the pictures and their corresponding descriptions and folded away the name and properties underneath the picture. By taking a sip, an effect would kick in and the player drinking would be allowed to unfold and reveal the text. They would then tick off one of the little boxes (next to item rarity) to signify how much of a given booze bottle was left.

The players absolutely enjoyed this (totally made up) mechanic of having to try the spirits in order to figure out what they do. It worked quite neatly, and I think it made sense as well: you usually wouldn't drink an entire bottle of booze in one go (as you would with a potion). And allowing for multiple uses made it okay to have the act of testing the liqueur being the means to figure out what it does.

If anybody want's to use it: feel free! I have Frankensteined together these booze bottles myself, and have no experience whatsoever with balance. The objective was mainly to have the players find Something , not necessarily something good. (This is my first time as a GM, and I have only ever played Phandelver before.


Bonus story:

Apart from the above, they found a golden ashtray and a bunch of golden goblets by a chaise longue I put in the vault (after all, it is implied in the book that Svarku sometimes spends hours in there, so he has to have something to sit on!). The party got heavily drunk and while also managing to free Meena from her painting and hydrate her with salt water from a chubby glass cistern on the floor. She was very reluctant to speak (since there was a nasty elf in the party). But she desperately stressed the drukards that they had to escape before the Fuegonauts found them.

After a while. it finally struck the PC:s that if they were to be discovered they'd most probably be dead. They were all very low on HP, had almost no spell slots, were coughing up blood and crystal and bleeding badly from their noses and were trapped in the treasure den of what probably was the Big Bad. They had no way to get out but to snort-and-go-ethereal once more despite the probably dire consequences. As Meena made escape sound increasingly more urgent and the cleric was knocked down to 1 HP by trying the "Hot Shot Eclipser" the party realized they really, really had to leave. They used their rope to tie all the magical booze across their bodies, gathered in a circle and handed out red dust among them. They told Meena to snort some and follow them and one by one they inhaled....

But Meena is not from the material plane, and thus did not become ethereal. Instead she got high. The players realized this with panic. Only the cleric, a hard-boiled half orc, now with 1 HP, was left in the room still holding his red dust in his palm. He clearly wanted to scream "OMG, WTF am I supposed to do!?!?!?" But remained in character, trying to figure out a solution, visibly stressed out.

He remembered how Meena had completely absorbed the contents of their water skins and one of the the salt water tanks on the floor. She looked at him, with bottles strapped around his body, almost over-encumbered, ready to go. "What If you go inside a bottle? Can you do that?".

She heads over to the water cistern (a 3 ft high ultra fat glass bottle) and morphs to water and pours herself inside. The half orc picks up a the cork and plugs it. Tension is high. He then puts his last red dust on top of the cork and attempts to lift the tank with both his strong arms. He is barely able to get it off the floor, but as soon as he does, he snorts the crystal and just as he is about to fall over, he and the tank he is carrying drifts into the Border Etheral where the rest of his party is waiting. And BOOOM, the music drops to a really heavy part, the guys are cheering around the table, and the party floats out of the vault, like scuba divers with a Nereid in a tank under their belly, through the caves and out of the volcano. Session over.

I'm having so much fun with this, and I'm sure my table feels the same way! Thanks a lot for the inspiring setting!
Svarku's Booze Vault.pdf
Svarku's Booze Vault.pdf
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